I’m not okay now, but I’m going to be.

A number of years ago I was privileged to attend church with a woman named Joyce. I was a young mother, and she was an example and model to me. Her family went through one of the most difficult experiences in life: they lost Chuck, their 23 year old son, due to an undetected heart problem. He dropped dead on a basketball court during a church league game, just before Christmas, leaving a young wife who was 8 months pregnant. The entire town was stunned and the visitation and funeral were
attended by many people. One well meaning but insensitive man asked Joyce, “So, how are you doing?” I will never forget her response: I’m not okay now, but I’m going to be.

“I’m not okay now, but I’m going to be.”

With one sentence she managed to acknowledge the reality of the pain and confusion she was going through, while still pointing to and claiming the hope that every day was not going to be as awful as that day was.

A few years later, I remembered those words and said them the first time as I stood by my own son’s grave. And, although I didn’t know how it could ever be true, eventually I was okay. Forever changed and forever marked, but okay.

It seems to me that this sentiment is one that a Christian can understand in ways perhaps others can’t. That even when we are going through times and situations that are new, that are confusing, that are scary – we can acknowledge that we are NOT okay now, but we will be. It is not a lack of faith to state fear or confusion; but it is our choice to look to God to receive strength and help. We don’t have to be strong or all knowing; we need only to live moment by moment and look for ways to be loving. For when we look for ways to be loving we will see God.

Blest be the tie that binds,

Pastor Molly

Worship for 22 March 2020

Per the Governor’s guidelines as issued on the 17th of March, Harrodsburg Christian (Disciples of Christ) will not be holding corporate worship on the 22nd of March.  Decisions will be — on a week by week basis.  Choir is also on hold.

     However, the church will be open on Sunday, March 22nd from 10.30 to 11.30 for those who would like to stop by to take communion or spend a few minutes in meditation. 

As it stands now, the church will be streaming a message and prayer on Sunday and short devotional thoughts will be available starting Thursday 3/19 or Friday 3/20, on both the Facebook page  – Harrodsburg Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – and the church website. 

Remember that we are a family and let’s keep in touch with each other.  If you have any needs or require help, please call the office during regular hours. Be in prayer for this world, and be in prayer for each other.  Take advantage of this situation to slow down and reconnect with your faith. 
Wash your hands. 
Keep in touch.           
The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord’s face look upon you with grace and mercy.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”  Julian of Norwich